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Hiking and Backcountry Trips

“Hiking is not escapism; it's realism. The people who choose to spend time outdoors are not running away from anything; we are returning to where we belong.” - Jennifer Pharr Davis

Day Hikes vs. Backpacking

     Day hikes begin and end on the same day and vary as to their goal. Day hikes can be short loops on a level front-country trail that takes less than an hour or two, an all-day excursion to the summit and back on a backcountry mountain trail, and everything in between! 

     Backpacking hikes are overnight trips that involve primitive camping for one or more nights. On backpacking trips, hikers need to pack their tent, sleeping bag, food, and other gear into a backpack to carry with them. Most backpackers spend an average of two or three nights on their trip, though there is a growing long-distance hiking community.


Our Day Hikes & Backpacking Trips

  • We offer guided day hikes for all levels, from beginner to challenging. Day hikes can be standalone or integrated as part of a more extensive workshop or retreat program.

  • Like our day hikes, our guided backpacking trips are available for all levels. For first-time backpackers, we have a Backpacking 101 workshop with the possible option to rent some gear as available. 

  • Accessible and youth-oriented programs are available.

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